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The New Zero

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  • When Jason Kehl FA’d his ultra-modern v13 test piece, “The New Zero,” in Southern Illinois, it marked a new level for Jason and a new benchmark for technical climbing.

    Inspired by this commitment to pushing boundaries, The New Zero was born. A new performance benchmark for So iLL shoes and for your climbing.

    The New Zero boasts the performance of a sensitive slipper with the stability of a strapped shoe. One of the most soft/high performing shoes in our line. The New Zero performs on steep overhanging bouldering as well as the smallest of smears. Designed for advanced and elite climbers, The New Zero allows for full sensitivity to nuanced footholds and technical bouldering demands.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 81 reviews
Best climbing shoe rubber

I have been using these shoes for a while now and I just can't get enough of how great the rubber is. It sticks to everything. Only problem is that i took it way too small but that's ok. Its still the best shoe in the market that i havw ever tried. Even sent my first 5.13d on them

New Zero Fits my foot

I've been looking for the right shoes to fit me and these shoes exceeded my expectations. The sizing chart for these shoes are spot on for me, I chose a size 11 (my street shoe size 10). I probably would have fit a 10.5 in the New Zero too for more "power". The 11 fit perfect for toe and heel hooking. I've tried La Sportiva Solutions but the heels don't work for me in those. I am glad that I found the New Zero. I do mainly indoor bouldering. Did a little customization on the logo for a personal touch with my favorite color.

Aggressive but forgivng

I have always been a fan of soft shoes and aggressive shoes but it was hard for me to find a shoe that did well in both. These shoes were the answer. Slipped on and fit snug like a glove. I actually went down 1/2 from my street shoe size and with the softness of the shoe it was gentle on my feet and toes. My heels are always on point when I'm hooking the most delicate crystal. Trusting the dark matter on volumes for coordination movement was easy. The rubber is so sticky. I will get few pairs of these before the PRO model comes out.

Blemish New Zeros

After climbing in these shoes for 3 months, I’d have to say that the blemish pair performs just as well as the first pair of New Zeros I’ve owned. The combination of precision from the downturned toe feature and stickiness from the soft rubber, allows my toe to come into more contact with the hold its placed on. For the same performance and quality of the original pair at half the price, the blemish New Zeros is an amazing deal and is the most worth it climbing shoe I've purchased at $80. Thank you So ILL for offering these deals on your beautiful climbing shoes :D

Awesome shoe

This is the first soft shoe I have owned and I was a little nervous to commit to them but after one or two sessions I absolutely fell in love with them. I was blown away by how well I could feel the rock and how well the rubber stuck. All the great stuff you have read about these shoes is true.


  • So iLL athlete Toshi Takeuchi climbs in the So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe
  • So iLL athlete Toshi Takeuchi climbs in the So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe
  • So iLL athlete Claire Bukowski climbs in the So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe
So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe outer profile
So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe top profile

Perfectly Soft

The synthetic vegan upper fits like a slipper, and the fabric is normally used on the inside of durable work boots in the footwear industry. For a shoe at this level, it is incredibly comfortable. The thread we use for the upper is specially made in the southeast as one of the softest threads in the world, and cannot be felt in the toe box. This shoe is sensitive and every detail matters when performing at a high level.

No Hot Spots

Dark Matter toe rubber meets the rand by butting up together, with no overlapping. This is incredibly hard to do in production and provides no hot spots.

So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe bottom profile
So iLL New Zero Climbing Shoe inner profile


The New Zero is coated in "Dark Matter" rubber, part of the "UnParallel Rubber" family, a sticky outsole rubber originally formulated for the United States Navy Seals to ensure security in foot placement during approaches. It's the stickiest rubber you will experience.

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